Dear Lord, we pray that the Blessed Mother
wrap Her mantle around Your priests
and through her intercession,
strengthen them for their ministry.
We pray that Mary will guide Your priests
to follow her own words,
"Do whatever He tells you." (Jn. 2:5)
May Your priests have the heart of St. Joseph,
Mary's most chaste spouse.
May the Blessed Mother's own pierced heart
inspire them to embrace all who suffer
at the foot of the Cross.
May Your priests be holy,
filled with the fire of Your love,
seeking nothing but Your great glory
and the salvation of souls. Amen.
from a priest's ordination Mass program